Artist Arup Boro along with his art works at his residence in Udalguri on April 6, 2020. Image: Northeast Now

The exponential growth on the toll of COVID-19 positive cases in the nation has wrecked havoc snapping the mental peace of the citizens.

Now people around the world are finding various ways to fight the coronavirus pandemic and spread awareness to arrest the epidemic.

While some have made cartoons for the purpose, others have penned poems and songs.

Arup Boro of Assam’s Udalguri a young budding artist in his mid twenties has come forward to spread awareness on the virus through his artworks.

Boro using chart paper and pastels have attempted to draw the attention of the common masses on the novel coronavirus.

In one of his works titled, ‘Lockdown’, he has attempted to reflect the scenario of the nation amid the 21 days of nationwide lockdown by drawing a lock and chain in the map of the nation while his another work titled ‘Save Life’ has engraved a person wearing a protective mask and washing hands.

While another artwork titled ‘Careful’, he has attempted to spread awareness on the ‘social distancing’ when the threat of virus looming large over the people.

Boro said originally he thought the coronavirus was ‘a distant issue’.

But once he realized the severity of the pandemic, he has created the art work so that the illiterate common villagers can also get the message of the need of awareness on the coronavirus.

“Coronavirus has turned scary and uncomfortable for many but I have tried to make it a little more digestible,” he added.

“Coronavirus is affecting the entire globe and everyone is spreading awareness in a lot of different ways, so I wanted to show my solidarity in a way that I thought would be educating and lighthearted,” Boro said.

Pertinently, Boro an inhabitant of Jalah Erabari village near Tangla town in Udalguri district runs an art and crafts school for children along with his fellow artist, Nitu Sarma.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com